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Song Released: 2013

King and Lionheart Lyrics

Taking over this town, they should worry,
but these problem aside I think I taught you well.
That we won’t run, and we won’t run, and we won’t run.
That we won’t run, and we won’t run, and we won’t run.

And in the winter night sky ships are...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 1st 2013 report

    If you listened to the interview she gave about the song, she wrote it for her brother. He is in Canada and she is in Iceland but how they love eachother alot and they miss eachother, how they both know they always have eachother. watch the music video too, it makes more sense with the video.


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    Sep 25th 2014 report

    The boy, he's the younger brother of course. Represented as a King. A great man who the girl, represented as as a lionheart(my own take is she's like the kings personal body guard and right hand "woman"), a person who loves the king and would do anything for him. The kingdom goes under siege and they are torn frome another in the midst of all the fighting. But the spirits(i believe represented as their love and bond) guides then to one another. The boy being the king makes it out safely. And the girl, lionheart, never gives up protecting the king until the end.


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    May 14th 2013 report

    I think the song is about best friends, who have been best friends for a while but have recently been separated. And as time goes on, it becomes more clear that they need eachother because they realize that there is nobody out there quite as unique as them. That is why near the end, it switches to "you're my king and I'm your lion heart". It doesn't matter who the king or the lionheart is, because each person is a king in the others eyes, and they are both lionhearts, fiercely loyal and protective of eachother.

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    Jul 17th 2018 report

    For me this song holds great meaning. As a gay girl, it resonates for me as a love song between two girls as they run from a collapsing society that doesn’t accept them.

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    Jul 22nd 2016 report

    I think its based off about a real life thing(minus the Sci-fi magical things.) Nanna and her brother got separated from their parents splitting up. Now back to the video part, I think there is a good ending..this may not make sense but...I think "Little talks" Is them in a different form...They may have got their spirit animals,(or just spirits.) back and they transformed, The girl in the video who finally finds that ram looking thing..? Maybe thats her and her brother? I may be wrong, but its just a guess so I'm sure I'm wrong, but I don't know. I based off the theory on Youtube.

  6. anonymous
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    Apr 21st 2015 report

    I think it's about bravery. Even though they are separated and torn from each other, they remain the same in spirit and character, and refuse to run away from the fact that they might not see each other for a very long time, if we are looking at it from its backstory.

  7. anonymous
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    Apr 26th 2014 report

    I think it's about family and war and hard times. The first part was the separation of the two, but throughout the video it always showed them trying to get back to each other with the spirits, but in the end it didn't happen and there was the separation and the sister was left behind. The war part was the world has fallen apart and the brutes and barbarians are the one either in control or the have trade amongst themselves and they act like savages. But I think it's interesting how they are visited by spirits who help them escape even though the girl spirit either got captured or eaten or just dissolved and she was left behind. But through it all I think it's about the connection of family and no matter what trial your in they will always be there for you or be looking for you no matter what.

  8. anonymous
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    Oct 23rd 2013 report

    It's just about her missing her brother, there isn't any deeper meaning relating to some fantasy world.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  9. anonymous
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    Oct 11th 2013 report

    I think its about war and separation becouse of it

  10. anonymous
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    Jul 24th 2013 report

    It's about life. Sometimes you can't go to someone you wanna go to. And sometimes people wanna hinder you trying to become happy. However, you can beat them and you can find your fortune if there's someone or in this case something that helps you.
    Maybe OMAM did't want to express that, but for me it means exactly that what I've written.

  11. anonymous
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    Jul 4th 2013 report

    well she did say it was about her brother and how divorce of there parents seperated them. but the video is the creation of Mihai Wilson and Marcella Moser they obvioulsy used the basic meaning of brother and siter seperated but i can whatch this video a thousand times and see new things every time... love it!! the giant men.. and their huge look how they over shadow nanna.. they all must be 8 foot. kinda like ogers, and they dont move normal so I like to think they are orger types, and i swear there is a stompa on the over pass when she runs in to the city after the spirte rabbit gets eaten. warhammer fans will know what im talking about..lol. but the video is awsome and i want more at the end. remember music is always what the listern feels it is to them if it can move you it moves you for you own reasons your own conection its how it touches you that makes it yours. apreciate everyones own ownership of the song/video it dosent have to be the same as yours or ever have a singular meaning. enjoy and let enjoy, love and let love!

  12. anonymous
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    Jun 12th 2013 report

    Its about a king and queen in their countrys downfall and the queen is trying to save her husband and her family from poverty, Slavery, and ect.

  13. anonymous
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    Apr 23rd 2013 report

    I think its about king Richard the lionhearted, who was known for conquering and being determined and brave in the face of danger.

  14. anonymous
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    Apr 21st 2013 report

    I think it's about a brother and sister, and the sister is the lionheart and the brother is the king. The kingdom is in ruins, and some people have kidnapped them. They seperate them, until the spirit comes, and lets the lionheart see that the king is safe and sound.

  15. anonymous
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    Apr 15th 2013 report

    Its about her missing her brother

  16. anonymous
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    Mar 18th 2013 report

    I love fantasy and adventure, so maybe this seems a bit far-fetched to most, but I always imagine this song is about a king and his best fighter - his "lionheart" - and how their kingdom is being attacked and taken over, and they have to stand and fight against it - "we won't run"; "taking over this town"; and pretty much the entire chorus - and together, they manage to overcome their adversary. In short, the entire thing is how together, they can overcome anything, and how they'll always be there for each other, no matter what dangers or horrors lie ahead.

  17. anonymous
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    Mar 11th 2013 report

    I think this is about a king who everyone says is brave. But the king lost someone a long time ago, and their ghost is the reason that he's so brave, because they're always there with him. He's the king and they're the lionheart.

  18. anonymous
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    Mar 5th 2013 report

    According to Nanna from the interview on Jian Ghomeshi's show Studio Q, this is a very personal song for her and it has to do with her little brother living near Halifax and her missing seeing him grow up.

    I wonder what that says about the big galoots that take her away from him? For what it's worth from one galoot, sorry Nanna.

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